Slipped Disk Treatment
Call 911 if the person has a slipped disk and:
- Loses bladder or bowel control
- Has weakness in the arms or legs
1. Treat Pain
- Changing positions or shifting posture may reduce immediate discomfort.
- Apply a cold compress several times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
- Give nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
2. Have the Person Rest
- Lying flat for a day or two may help.
- The person should avoid activities such as lifting or pushing.
3. See a Health Care Provider
- All slipped discs should be evaluated.
4. Follow Up
- The health care provider may recommend muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications, injections of pain reliever, or physical therapy.
- Most people feel better within six weeks.
- In some cases, back surgery is necessary.
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